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What is the hybrid approach for aortic aneurysms?

Patients who have extensive aortic aneurysms (affecting both the ascending aorta and aortic arch, and the descending thoracic or thoracoabdominal aorta) as well as coexisting conditions such as respiratory problems may require a combination of open and minimally invasive surgery. This type of surgery is called a hybrid approach. The hybrid procedure requires surgical bypass of the critical aortic vessels, followed by the placement of a minimally invasive endovascular graft. This technique still requires some open surgery but in most cases is less invasive and stressful than the traditional open surgical techniques.

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